Picture of our 2 gourd racks

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JeanS
Posts: 115
Joined: Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:08 pm
Location: Sugar Land, TX
Martin Colony History: 2002 -Coates metal houses- about 18 pairs
2005 - Added a gourd rack- many more pairs
2007 - Added another gourd rack, gave the Coates houses away
2008-2015 - Experimented with many gourds & a few racks (its a sickness) fledged over 200 chicks/year. Hubby keeps records, not me. :-)
2016 - 64 gourds and expect most will be occupied

This is a picture from last year, but it is the same as today. We are ready. Any day now, they will be here.
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Jean S
2002 - Coates metal houses- about 18 pairs
2005-2007 - added a gourd rack, then another gourd rack = many more pairs
2008-2015 - Experimented with many gourds & a few racks (its a sickness) fledged over 200 chicks/year
2016 - 64 gourds and expect most will be occupied
tlragsdale
Posts: 218
Joined: Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:22 pm
Location: Wisconsin/New Richmond

You know, you folks down south with housing/set-up's like this make it REALLY tough on those of us living up north. :grin: I mean, other than full housing, why would any self-respecting PM fly past such a goregous offering. Beautiful set-up

Keep us updated as your returning birds come home…..makes the remenants of winter go a little faster (-6 this morning).
Terry & Michelle
New Richmond, WI

2005 - 2014 Hard luck stories
2015 - 2 pair, 12 eggs/12 fledglings
2016 - 6 pair, 35 eggs/35 fledged
2017 - 18 pair, 88 eggs / 85 fledged.
2018 - 23 pair, 119 eggs/115 fledged.
2019 - 31 pair, 137 eggs/133 fledged
Emil Pampell-Tx
Posts: 6743
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 1:26 pm
Location: Tx, Richmond (SW of Houston)
Martin Colony History: First started in Gretna, La in 1969 with a small homemade house, have had martins ever since at 2 different homes in Texas

Jean, that is so beautiful! I think that you are stealing our martins... :lol:
PMCA Member, 250 gourds, 6 poles, 2traps
James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

Jean that is a very nice set-up.
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Rodger Drye
Posts: 671
Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:07 am
Location: NC/Mt. Pleasant
Martin Colony History: Have been hosting and providing a sanactuary for Purple Martins for 30 years.

Hi Jean,
That is a nice and neat set up. I' m sure the Martins can't resist a beautiful place like yours as they fly over.
Aren't those Gemini Racks? I plan on getting one next year, already started saving. Are those Solor Predator Guards you have reaching above both you racks? I have 1 Solor P-Gaurd facing 4 ways, thinking of installing another. Do you like them and do you think they are effective??
Rodger
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Have been Hosting and Protecting Martin's for 30 years.
JeanS
Posts: 115
Joined: Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:08 pm
Location: Sugar Land, TX
Martin Colony History: 2002 -Coates metal houses- about 18 pairs
2005 - Added a gourd rack- many more pairs
2007 - Added another gourd rack, gave the Coates houses away
2008-2015 - Experimented with many gourds & a few racks (its a sickness) fledged over 200 chicks/year. Hubby keeps records, not me. :-)
2016 - 64 gourds and expect most will be occupied

Thanks, y'all! And yes, James, they are Gemini racks. Bert says they are built well, sturdy, and will last forever. We repositioned them a little last year and reinstalled them. Here is a picture taken during reinstallation.

About the solar predator lights, we have not had a problem with owls since installing them more than 6 years ago. But that might be due to the surrounding area neighborhood developments causing fewer owls in our area. It is hard to say for sure.
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Jean S
2002 - Coates metal houses- about 18 pairs
2005-2007 - added a gourd rack, then another gourd rack = many more pairs
2008-2015 - Experimented with many gourds & a few racks (its a sickness) fledged over 200 chicks/year
2016 - 64 gourds and expect most will be occupied
tonyg
Posts: 1520
Joined: Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:16 pm
Location: Olpe, KS
Martin Colony History: 22 year landlord, 14 at current residence..offering 9 racks and a homemade T-8 for 166 total cavities. 160 Pair in 2018 Racks consist of a Deluxe 12, AAA 16, Starburst 16, 2 K-18 Series, Super 24, 2 Gemini, Multi-purpose/two trio’s/4gourds and a T-8..Great hobby to be involved in..

Very nice Jean! Looks like a relaxing place to watch your martins!!
22 year landlord..9 Rack Systems for 2018 and my home built T-8 for a total of 166 cavities..160 pair in 2018 ..SUPER COLONY!!! Love You Bev... Fan of those St. Louis Cardinals!!!!!
taxidermy lady
Posts: 2989
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 am
Location: IL/Ellis Grove
Martin Colony History: Started trying to attract purple martins in 2012! It's finally happened in 2017! 5 years!!! ASY male and SY female came May 1st, fledged 5 babies!

No wonder those martins got back so soon! That's just breathtaking! Good luck! :grin:
Sharon from southern Illinois
ossnap
Posts: 43
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:12 pm
Location: Houston, TX

That is an amazing setup! Beautiful site as well!
tor
Posts: 241
Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:35 pm
Location: Marlboro County, SC
Martin Colony History: Capacity: 72 Troyers on 3 X Super-24 racks

Emil Pampell-Tx wrote:Jean, that is so beautiful! I think that you are stealing our martins... :lol:
She took all of them. You don't have the first one left, Emil.... :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Location: Marlboro County, SC

2021: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/22
2020: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/11 - 71 pair - 298 fledged
2019: Capacity: 72 - First Scouts: 2/22 - 70 pair - 315 fledged
2018: Capacity: 70 - First Scouts: 2/18 - 60 pair - 270 fledged
2017: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 2/25 - 39 pair
2016: Capacity: 42 - First Scouts: 3/10 - 32 pair
2015: Capacity: 24 - First Scouts: 3/23 - 4 pair

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Debi
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:40 pm
Location: TX/Rosenberg

Hi Jean, Congratulations on your first arrivals! I noticed you have Troyer horizontal gourds. Do you vent them? I live close to you in Rosenberg, Texas. I have 12 Troyer vertical gourds and added 12 horizontal this season and I am fretting over to vent or not to vent. Thanks and good luck this season. Debi
AnnieM
Posts: 183
Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:57 pm
Location: Spring Branch/Canyon Lake ~ Mystic Shores, Comal County, TX
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 4 pair
2013 - 11 pair
2014 - 12 pair
2015 - 14 pair
2016 - Arrival Feb 28 - 17 pair
2017 - Full house for first time. 24 gourds all occupied. :-)

Debi wrote:Hi Jean, Congratulations on your first arrivals! I noticed you have Troyer horizontal gourds. Do you vent them? I live close to you in Rosenberg, Texas. I have 12 Troyer vertical gourds and added 12 horizontal this season and I am fretting over to vent or not to vent. Thanks and good luck this season. Debi
Hi Debi, re the venting, we vented our Troyer gourds over the 2014-2015 winter. Now I can't remember whose post we looked up to see how to do it, but ordered 90 degree elbows on line, threaded on one end. My husband drilled holes in the gourds and I screwed/glued them all in. It can't hurt to vent, especially in the killer heat we have here in Central TX near Blanco and Canyon Lake.
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2012 - 4 pair
2013 - 11 pair
2014 - 12 pair
2015 - 14 pair
2016 - Arrival Feb 29/17 pair
2017 - Full house first time-24 gourds all occupied :)
threelilkids
Posts: 386
Joined: Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:11 pm
Location: Denham Springs, La
Martin Colony History: 2014 1 pair 3 hatched 3 fledged
2015 1 pair 5 hatched 5 fledged
2016 1 pair 5 hatched 4 fledged
2017 2 pair 8 hatched 8 fledged
2018 4 pair 15 hatched

hey looks sooooo good I want to live there.
Dave Reynolds
Posts: 1921
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

Jean --- Wonderful looking site.... impressive... :wink:

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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kakieshack
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:18 pm
Location: Collin County

Looks great!
Greg Borke MO
Posts: 63
Joined: Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:34 am
Location: Sedalia Mo

Beautiful sight, nice work, love those racks !!
Greg
Starting all over on a new sight 2015

2015 5 pair
2016 8 pair
MichaelH
Posts: 586
Joined: Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:10 am
Location: IL/Gillespie
Martin Colony History: 2015 28 cavities 2 pairs
2016 big upgrade 56cavities 16 pairs great year
2017. 76 cavities 36 pairs
2018. 146 cavities

Wow that is a great site ,you have a great place ,those racks are really nice very strong looking ,sure you will have a great year again with a set up like that.
Mick
2018 146 cavities.
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